Sport England has today committed £1.5 million of National Lottery funding to support The Daily Mile, the ground-breaking fitness initiative that aims to get children fit for life.
Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People survey shows that only 19.4% of children in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough meet the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines and are physically active for at least an hour every day. However over a third of children do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per day. The investment is the biggest expansion of the Daily Mile since the programme started and will help to tackle physical inactivity amongst children and young people across the country.
Although profoundly simple it can be transformational to children’s health and wellbeing. It involves classes heading outside to jog or run around the school grounds every day, rain or shine, at whatever pace suits the child best. It gets children active with their friends and teachers and refreshed for further learning. The Daily Mile is free, fun and fits in the school day easily. The initiative is now in over 6,700 schools across 55 countries with over 1.3 million children taking part.
The Daily Mile and Sport England have a shared vision to bring the initiative to all 20,000 primary schools in England, this investment will facilitate the employment of national and local Daily Mile co-ordinators. Living Sport has been selected to receive funding in order to employ a local co-ordinator, and as such Ali Cope has been employed to deliver the Local Coordinator role for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.